With the rash of sackings of Glo Premier League coaches this early in the Nigerian league season, completesportsnigeria.com's Adeboye Amosu examines the situation, listing the next candidates for the chop…
The 10-week old 2014/2015 Nigerian Professional Football League season has witnessed some top coaches losing their jobs, while others risk losing theirs due to the poor form of their respective teams.
Well travelled and vastly experienced tactician, Solomon Ogbeide, was the first to be thrown into the labour market as he was relieved of his post as technical adviser of Bayelsa United.
Then just last week, the duo of Kelechi Emeteole [Rangers] and Franklyn Howard [3SC ] were also dismissed.
Erstwhile Heartland coach, Emeteole, paid the price for the Flying Antelopes' disjointed performances so far this season, which have seen them win three games from ten.
Rangers, five -time winners of the league title, are yet to win a major honour in 31 years and Emeteole, in the opinion of the club, has done anything worthy enough to prove he is capable of helping them end the drought.
For Howard, his case can be likened to that of Italian manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who guided Real Madrid to win the elusive La Decima [10th UEFA Champions League title] but was promptly asked to go after a trophyless campaign.
The former international was a super hero among 3SC faithful after spearheading the club's return to the top flight from the national league last term, but he is now deemed not good enough to move the club forward.
Completesportsnigeria.com here prsents the names of other coaches who could soon join the trio on the sacked list except for a remarkable turnaround in their teams' fortunes.
ERASMUS ONUH [HEARTLAND]
The one-time Kwara United gaffer saw his reign as coach of the Naze Millionaires start on a high note with three wins from their opening three games, with two of them on the road against 3SC and Kwara United.
Things however turned sour as they suffered two consecutive defeats at their reverred home ground, the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, against Oriental neighbours, Abia Warriors, and Sunshine Stars.
Heartland have picked just a win from their last six games and that has further cast doubts on his future.
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JUSTIN TENGER [LOBI STARS]
Lobi Stars have endured a torrid time since their return to the refurbished Aper Aku Stadium. The Pride of Benue had to wait until week 10 for their first win at the ground after five attempts, which incidentally was also their first of the campaign.
Though the management of the club have been patient with the coach, he would do well to maintain their confidence in him with some good results on the field.
There is also renewed hope in the squad with the recent capture of Abdulrahman Bashir from Enyimba and Josiah Maduabuchi.
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TUNDE SANNI [KWARA UNITED]
Kwara United have enjoyed a tupsy turvy time since their return to the top flight with the Harmony Boys struggling against top sides in the division.
After kickstarting the season with an encouraging 0-0 draw in Port Harcourt against hosts Dolphins, followed by a slim 2-1 win over Elkanemi Warriors, things have not worked out well for the Ilorin-based outfit.
Fans of the club have frequently agitated for the sacking of the coach, and if there are no improvements on the field, the management of the club could be forced to wield the big stick.
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TONY OGHARANDUKU [TARABA UNITED]
The little known coach's days with Taraba United seem numbered, with the club hierachy already out to get a more experienced coach to handle the team.
The Jalingo-based side have not tasted victory in their last eight games and it is almost certain the club chairman will not allow things to get worse before asking Ogharanduku to step aside.
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ZACHARY BARAJE [AKWA UNITED]
Akwa United had high hopes when the former El-Kanemi Warriors and Enyimba helmsman was appointed as their new technical adviser during the off- season.
But things have not worked out well with the Promise Keepers, as they are flirting with relegation once again like they did last season under the tutelage of Patrick Udoh.
Baraje would do well to galvanise his charges for the task ahead or risk losing his job, like he did at Enyimba two years ago.
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